Appearance: Deep garnet red.
Tasting notes: Mouthfilling and supple, it has concentrated, ripe plum, cherry and spice flavours, with finely integrated oak adding complexity, and obvious cellaring potential; open 2017+
Location: Estate grown grapes from Aurum’s organic Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, near Cromwell, Central Otago. Low cropping grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2014 after long slow ripening.
Climate: A season of hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of ripe clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Soils: Windblown sands and silts.
Viticulture: 15 year old vines on VSP trellis, cane pruned.
Winemaker’s comments: The grapes were mostly destemmed with the use of 10% whole bunch, cold soaked for 5 days and fermented in open vats with wild yeasts. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 12 months. Unfined and unfiltered.